Thursday, September 20

Podium places for Keyes and McGlinchey at Oulton Park BSB





Just as it proved to be earlier in the season, Oulton Park proved to be a successful stomping ground for Team #109 this weekend as the Bennetts British Superbike showdown kicked off, with both Eunan McGlinchey and Kevin Keyes both managing to make it onto the podium across the weekend.

The weekend got off to a fantastic start for Dickies Junior Supersport championship leader McGlinchey, topping Friday’s free practice session by over two seconds in the damp conditions, finishing ahead of his title challenger Brian Hart. Qualifying proved difficult for the twenty-year-old from Aghadowey, finishing the session in seventh, which meant he would have to start the opening race of the weekend from the front of the third row.

As the lights went out to start the first of his two races, McGlinchey set about passing a number of riders on the opening lap, making up for his third tow start. With a gap of almost four seconds to Hart in the lead, victory was looking like a task too far for the series leader. But as the laps ticked by McGlinchey was eating into the KTM riders lead by almost a second a lap, before making his move on the penultimate lap and taking the lead.

Holding off Hart’s attempts on the final lap, McGlinchey crossed the line to take an incredible victory and extend his lead in the series by another five points. As a result of taking the win, it gave McGlinchey the opportunity to wrap up the championship in Sundays second race, with another victory proving enough to wrap it up.

Starting from pole position, a three way breakaway group at the front, consisting of McGlinchey, Hart and Elliot Pinson battled it out for the victory throughout. As they began the last lap of the race it was all still to play for, and as they three entered the final corner McGlinchey went for the lead, and what would have been the title, but a slight mistake exiting the corner saw him slip back to third behind Hart and eventual winner Pinson.

Despite not claiming the championship title on the day, the Aghadowey rider enters the final round of the year at Brands Hatch in pole position to take the crown, with a forty-three point advantage back to Hart in second, and looks in good position to claim a British championship in his debut season, and what would also be the first for Team #109.

Commenting on his weekend McGlinchey said; “Coming away it was a good weekend, free practice started off brilliantly, finishing the session at top of the standings. Into qualifying it was a patchy track in terms of the conditions, so I didn’t push too hard knowing I could get off the line and make up the positions. In the opening race I had to claw back over three seconds of a gap to be able to challenge for the win, but the bike worked perfect in the tough conditions and I was able to take the win. Race two was a tight one between myself, Hart and Pinson, and as it has done many times before it all came down to the last corner on the last lap. I made a mistake coming out and ended up having to take third, but coming away with two podiums I am happy and looking forward to Brands Hatch, I know what I have to do and I am ready to go.”



In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class Kevin Keyes had one of his most consistent weekends this season, setting a solid pace early in the weekend, finishing inside the top five in both a dry free practice one and a wet free practice two on Friday. Sitting inside the top ten throughout all of qualifying on Saturday morning, Kevin went out for a final stint in the closing few minutes, and a great lap saw him jump onto the front of the second row, finishing the session in an excellent fourth position.

In what was an incredibly wet race on Sunday afternoon, Keyes started the race smoothly, running as he had done all weekend inside the top five. As the race reached its halfway point Keyes began to close the gap to the riders ahead, passing firstly Joe Sheldon-Shaw, before having a great battle with Milo Ward for the final spot on the podium. As they entered the final few laps Ward was unable to reply to Keyes’ move for third, and despite the horrible conditions at the Tarporley track, Keyes brought the Team #109 Kawasaki ZX6R across the line in an excellent third position, matching the result he scored at the first Oulton Park event back in May.

Speaking about his return to the podium, Keyes said; “I really enjoyed the race to be honest, even in the wet conditions. After starting the race being just a little too cautious, I found myself battling in and around fifth and sixth in the opening laps. I had a big gap to close to the front but as I settled in I managed to close in the boys ahead and could see them coming back to me. I was feeling more and more comfortable on the bike and in the conditions, and I was able to get by and make it back onto the podium. I can’t give enough credit to my Dad and my team, including my teammate Eunan McGlinchey for getting the complete wet setting wheels and springs into my bike in under five minutes, it was incredible. I’m delighted to be back on the podium and bring some more silverware back to the Team #109 camp.”

A delighted Team #109 team manager Paul Tobin commented on his riders performances over the course of the weekend saying; We had a good setting for Kevin all weekend and when things are right for him he can push. He had a good qualifying that put him fourth on the grid for the race. The team done a fantastic job as it was all hands on deck when we had less than five minutes until pit lane closed to get the bike from full dry settings to wet. Kevin goes well in the wet and proved that again in the race, a great podium and just rewards for the teams hard work all weekend”.

Eunan rode an incredible race one on Saturday, coming from seventh on the grid, to closing a three second gap to the leader and then pass the more experienced Hart on the KTM UK backed machine to win was superb. He rode a shrewd race two and did have a look at Pinson for the win at lodge corner on the last lap, but took a sensible podium for more championship points. The whole team are now looking forward to the final round at Brands Hatch next month.”

Riding the second Team #109 Kawasaki Ninja 400 under the McManus racing banner, fifteen-year-old Eoghan James McManus unfortunately had a difficult weekend at the Tarporley track in what were incredibly difficult conditions, suffering two crashes in the two Dickies Junior Supersport races.

Commenting on the teenagers progress Team #109 team manager Paul Tobin said; “James had a tough weekend running off track in both races, but Oulton Park is a hard place to go and learn, especially when it’s mixed conditions all weekend. He had never ridden the bike in the wet before so did really well to learn so much with little track time, more pennies in the learning bank as they say and he can look forward to Brands.”



Team #109 Kawasaki would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support; TTS Surfacing, MMD Construction, EMS Copiers, Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club, LiftRite Ltd, Spears Racing, Fuchs - Silkolene, R&G Racing, Kawasaki UK, Ohlins Racing, HEL Performance, Glenn Irwin GI2, J-Tec Sports, SBS Brakes, JOG Tuning, Shoei Helmets UK, Feridax, James McCann Photography, Gorman Crash Repairs, Jim McCann & Sons Family Butchers, Unlimited Industries, MSS Performance, and Ross Motorcycles Cork.

Photographs courtesy of James McCann (www.jmccannphoto.com)



Monday, September 17

Lynn retains David Wood Memorial trophy with Bishopscourt treble









Pirelli Supersport

Jason Lynn dominated the Supersport races at this weekend’s David Wood Memorial Trophy taking all 3 wins to retain the award. While Kia McGreevey challenged him off the line, once past, Lynn simply disappeared on the Walter Bell\Slemish Water Yamaha R6. There were fantastic battles for the remaining podium positions from Kia McGreevey, Christian Elkin and Simon Reid.





In the Cup races, Keith Richardson won Race 1 from Declan McCabe and Alan Graham. Race 2 was won by Michael Owens with Steven Smith in  2nd and Declan McCabe in 3rd.

Wiz Knee Sliders Superbikes



Gerard Kinghan won the first 2 Superbike Races and was 2nd in race 3, enough to land the Ulster Superbike Championship title. Ali Kirk was never far behind and took the win in Race 3 to compliment his brace of 2nd places. Ryan Gibson took 3rd place in Races 1 and 2 and Aaron Armstrong claimed the remaining podium in Race 3.




In the Cup event, Race 1 went to Steven Bloomer from Andy McAllister and Stephen O’Connor. Andy McAllister went better in Race 2, taking the win from Steven Bloomer and Gareth Mackey in 3rd.




Classics

There were wins in Race 1 for Brian Mateer (250), Linton Irwin (350), David Carleton (500) and Alistair Henry (1000). This result repeated itself in Race 2 and Race 3 over the 6 laps races.

PBS/Kenny Duncan with Dunlop & Avon tyres Lightweight Supersport\GP125\GP250\FE500

Race 1 in Lightweight Supersport went to Gary McCoy after the tight dice with Stephen McKeown and Manx winner Darrly Tweed. Race 2 was restarted following a red flag and after another 5-lap sprint, the result was the same for McCoy, McKeown and Tweed. In Race 3 however, Tweed went one better with 2nd and McKeown 3rd leaving Gary McCoy with 3 victories for the weekend.
In the GP125/Moto3 class, Paul Robinson was on top of his game for the weekend winning all 3 races from Malcolm Love and both Andrew and Nathan Cairns. Kevin Lavery did the double in the GP250 class finishing all 3 races as did Ian Thompson in the Forgotten Era 500cc class.





Supertwins

Denver Robb, Mark Hanna and Gary McCoy had some fantastic battles in the Supertwin races and each deservedly took home a win each. Cahal Graham was the only other rider who could separate them for a podium as he took 2nd place in Race 1.



Production Twins
Adam Crooks won Race 1 in the Production Twins from Kevin Lavery in 2nd and Robert O’Connell in 3rd. Race 2’s result was amended when 3 bikes were disqualified following technical inspections giving the win to Paul Demaine from Thomas Hutchinson and 3rd place Andrew Dunlop. Adam Crooks won Race 3 from Jonny Hanna in 2nd and Robert O’Connell in 3rd.

Signstik Pre-injection

The Pre-injection races were intense scraps between Andrew Brady, Johnny Aiken, Derek O’Donnell and Johnny Irwin. Bike Breaker Andrew Brady won all three races but, was kept honest by the chasing pack. Aiken and Irwin were 2nd and 3rd in Race 1. O’Donnell was 2nd in the restarted second race from Irwin 3rd. In Race 3, O’Donnell and Irwin swapped positions to leave a podium of Brady, Irwin and O’Donnell in 3rd.



Sidecars

Peter O’Neill was the dominant force in the Sidecars at the weekend taking the three wins comfortably. All Dylan and Derek Lynch could do was to try to hang on but, O’Neill was flawless. Derek had to settle for three 2nd places and Dylan the same for 3rd, not a bad result considering the competition out there.



Nutt Travel\Dunlop Tyres Junior Cup & Young Guns

The Junior Cup Race 1’s results were thrown into turmoil with the disqualification of 2 competitors following a technical inspection, placing Scott McCrory on the top step with Shea McCrory in 2nd. Edward Keogh earned 3rd place. This compares to a similar finding at the most recent Dunlop Masters round in Mondello Park, and certainly not a trend that the sport needs at this or any level.  Race 2 was won by Jonny Campbell from Jamie Lyons in 2nd and Cameron Dawson 3rd. Race 3 ended in a similar manner with Campbell doing the double from Lyons and Dawson in 2nd and 3rd respectively.



In the Young Guns races 1 Joshua Rae was victorious from Alex Duncan in 2nd and Mark Aiken 3rd. Race 2 had the same result but, almost ended up with a podium for Karl Lynch who thwarted Aiken all race long. The weekend belonged to Rae collecting the hat-trick from Duncan again in 2nd and Mark Aiken 3rd in Race 3.

F1 Era
George Thompson almost had the perfect weekend but close rival James Cunningham had the final say. Thompson narrowly won Race 1 by just over 1 second and 0.3 seconds in Race 2 but, in Race 3 Cunningham finally got the better of him taking the win by 4 seconds.



Words and images (c) Andy Quinn





Friday, September 14

Nathan McGauran picks up Young Motorcycle Racer of the Year nomination




Dubliner Nathan McGauran has picked up the sixth 2018 Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship Young Racer of the Year nomination. Nathan received his award at the second of two Masters events at Mondello Park in August, following some strong performances in the Junior Cup class.

The Young Racer of the Year award is open to any rider who is under twenty three and competing at the Masters. At each event one rider is nominated to go forward to the end of year shoot-out where they will have a chance to battle for the €10,000 prize which is provided by Mondello Park, Dawn International and EICL.

Nathan is in his third year racing on circuits and is competing in the Junior Cup class for the first time. Having started during 2016 in the Young Guns category, the Clonsilla teenager continued in that class for the following year, where he scored his first race win. Moving to the more competitive Junior Cup class for 2018, Nathan has been building his speed all season as he gets used to his KTM machine.

Prior to the August Masters Nathan had achieved a string of podium placings and was moving closer to the front at every event. Starting on the front row for each race the fifteen year old put in his strongest challenge yet for a Junior Cup win, taking second place in each of the first two races of the weekend. For the final encounter Nathan was in determined mood and pushed hard for his maiden win. Having spent the entire race swapping places with championship leader Jamie Lyons, Nathan over did it at the end of the penultimate lap and crashed out but had still done enough to get the vote from the competition judges.



“It's really good to get this nomination and I feel I really deserved it this weekend with the way I have improved my times and worked so hard to get to the front”, said the confident teenager on hearing of his nomination. “I had a really good event, battling with Jamie throughout and getting under the old lap record. I went three seconds quicker than I achieved last time on the International Circuit, and back in May when we last raced on it I never would have believed I could get down to the times I did. Unfortunately I slipped off in race three while going for the win so I just have one more opportunity to get my first Junior Cup victory when we are back in Mondello in September. I'd like to thank everyone involved in the young Racer award for this opportunity along with my team, TAG Racing, Tom Fitzsimons, my family, Pat Duffy and Ciaran in Megabikes for all of their support. I'm looking forward to the experience of the final although I don't know what to expect as I've not been in it before.”

Following his nomination, Nathan McGauran joins Aaron Wright, Caolán Irwin, Jamie Lyons, Eoin Collins and Kevin Baker in the Young Racer of the Year final which will take place in October. As part of his prize he will also receive a free entry, testing and garage space for the final Masters event of the year in September.

For more information see www.masterssuperbike.ie/young-racer-of-the-year.



September 15/16 David Wood Trophy RACES - USBK Rd 8



Promoted by Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland

The Motor Cycle Road Racing Club of Ireland promote the IFS David Wood Trophy Races Round 8 of the Ulster Superbike Championship.

2018 is the fifth running of the now Prestigious IFS David Wood Trophy Races, with all our long-term sponsors retained which brings an attractive prize fund for the competitors. We MCRRCI endeavor to adopt to rider’s requests and this year all competitors received £30 reduced entry fee as part of the MCRRCI Clubs proportion of the prize fund. We have also changed from three sets of races on the Sunday to two longer feature type races. This is all part of finding the optimum program giving competitors maximum track time and Spectators an enhanced event experience.

Total event prize fund again of £10,000 and Product supported prizes including sets of Pirelli Tyres, Arai Helmet Man of Meeting by MotoDirect, The IFS David Wood Endeavour Award - sponsored by Charles Hurst Hyundai Dundonald & Rea Timber Craft. We also have the Arai Helmet support team at the event for services and repairs. IFS Global Logistics continue as our Title Sponsor, a company with a long history involvement in motorcycle racing and Riders. 

The Supersport Pro class is again the Featured event with the most prize money and awards up for grabs, including the IFS David Wood Memorial Trophy, which is sponsored by Pirelli Tyres.
Jason Lynn – USBK Supersport Championship leader and 2017 IFS David Wood Trophy winner will be returning hoping to win back to back Trophies. Jason has raised his race game somewhat this year on his Walter Bell R6 Yamaha and is 2018 Championship favourite. Mark Conlin (Yamaha) showed a mature side to his racing at Kirkistown, pushing Jason Lynn in both races to the line, it won’t be long before he gets a win! Christian Elkin (Yamaha) has been consistently filling the podium positions this year and will be in the mix. Emmet O'Grady, Dean Campbell, Darren Keys, Darryl Tweed, Derek Craig, Lee Clarke and Jaimie Rea will all be in close pursuit.

One of the events exciting features is the ‘’Sail to Pole’’ with Nutttravel.com for the Supersport Qualifying, the fastest 9 from timed practice get a 6 minute session to put their fastest lap in hoping to secure Pole Position and £100 for the effort. Prize fund for the overall Supersport Pro is 1st place £1500, 2nd £700, 3rd £500 with awards paid down to 10th place.



Wiz Knee Sliders Superbike Pro class has current USBK Championship leader Gerard Kinghan and his closest rival Ali Kirk heading the field. Gerard has a 138.5-point lead over Ali but there is still a possible 175 points up for the grabs. Ryan Gibson, Aaron Armstrong, Paul Potchy Williams (Wales), Donald MacFadden (Scotland) and David Haire who needs congratulated on breaking Kirkistowns long standing outright bike Lap Record will all be chasing Kinghan & Kirk.

This year we cater for all the USBK Championship Classes and have Classic machines at the IFS David Wood event for the first time. We currently have 16 entries for the class and have various machines ranging from 200cc – 1000cc ridden by George Stinson, Barry Davidson, David Carleton, Alistair Henry, Linton Irwin and Mark Kirkpatrick. The MCRRCI sponsor this event.
The Supertwins are Sponsored by Rea Timber Craft and the Production Twins by Robinsons Concrete, these classes run concurrently and produce some great close racing. Gary McCoy, Cahal Graham, Denver Robb, Mark Hanna, Johnny Hanna, Daniel Grove and Kevin Lavery will be mixing it up at the front in these classes.

Pitlane Bike Services Moto 3 class is spearheaded by Paul Robinson and brothers Kevin & Paddy Lavery on Moto 3 machinery and Andrew & Nathan Cairns and Andrew Smyth on 125gp bikes.
Pre Injection class has all Jonny’s entered - Johnny Irwin, Johnny Aiken and Jonathan Gregory and Andrew Brady, full grids in this class and very close racing as the bikes are evenly matched. Pre Injection class is sponsored by SignStik who looks after all our event signage.
A favourite class of the spectators – The Sidecar Class, these three-wheel machines are amazing to watch around the fast flowing Bishopscourt circuit, Sponsored by Ophir Motors Dundrod, Motor Panel suppliers. Local rider Peter O’Neill leads the entry along with Dylan & Derek Lynch, Andy Kennedy and Fergus Woodlock.

Kenny Duncan Plant (Donegal) sponsor for the Lightweight Supersport class. These 400cc machines now getting older but still produce great racing. Dean Campbell, Gary McCoy, Paul ‘’Potchy’’ Williams, Stephen McKeown and Darryl Tweed are amongst the entries.

Nutttravel.com sponsor the class where the youngest competitors can learn the race craft - Junior Cup and Young Guns 125. In Junior Cup Cameron Dawson leads the Championship, Johnny Campbell, Jamie Lyons and Curtis Trimble can all be Winners in this class also. Young Guns has Joshua Rae, Alex Duncan, Karl Lynch and Liam Baird entered.

Superbike Cup and Supersport Cup are sponsored by Walter Bell oil fired Boiler and St Patricks Slemish Spring Water, competitors in these classes have a chance qualifying for the Pro classes and can score points in both Championships

Practice at Bishopscourt Racing Circuit commences @ 9am Saturday 15th followed by 9 races from 2.30pm.

Sunday 16th @ 9am Warm up session followed by 18 Race program at 10am.

MCRRCI have a great entry line up for round 8 of the Championship and IFS David Wood Trophy Races.

This Event can be enjoyed for just £10 pp Event admission and under 12yrs go free.
Bishopscourt Racing Circuit has all catering, rest room and Disabled viewing facilities. The circuit will be open from 4pm Friday 14th September for paddock set up and Scrutineering.
Spectators Friday & Saturday night camping/campervans available no extra charge.

Updates can be followed on our USBK facebook page, USBK Website http://ulstersbk.co.uk/ And www.mcrrci.co.uk or follow us on ifs David wood memorial trophy Facebook page.

Thanks to our USBK Championship Sponsors;

USBK Championship inquiries to mark sanlon – 07861747004 or marksanlon@msn.com ENDS


Korie McGreevey back with a "Bang" at Bennett's BSB Silverstone Superstock 600





Last weekend’s Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship with Black Horse race saw a sensational result for Korie McGreevey on the Century Racing Triumph 675R at Silverstone.

Having never ridden the Northamptonshire circuit before meant McGreevey was at a disadvantage almost immediately but, that didn’t deter the Ballynahinch 21yr old and after the first free practise session he went third quickest. Hoping to build on the momentum for FP2, disaster struck when on the opening lap of the session, the engine expired and was beyond trackside repair. Not having the budget for a spare engine, all seemed lost until an unlikely opportunity appeared in the distance. A complete bike was on sale in Colchester, 3 hours away by van so Korie, his father and good friend Adam Wilson embarked on the 130-mile journey to collect the replacement.



Returning to the circuit at 11pm that night (Friday), work began to transplant the new motor before qualifying on Saturday morning. Having successfully replaced the engine, McGreevey would go on to qualify in a tremendous 4th place, first on the second row. The excitement didn’t finish there though, when on the last lap of qualifying, Korie crashed, damaging the bike and his left hand in the process. Luckily, repairs were made on Saturday night in preparation for the race on Sunday.

Sunday’s race went better than planned with Korie earning 3rd place in only his third ever Bennett’s British Superbike competition entry, narrowly missing out on P2 by 1/100s from fellow Irishman Aaron Clifford. That podium compliments his race victory in the Knockhill BSB round back in July at the Scottish circuit. Unfortunately, the team will not be competing at this weekend’s Oulton park round but, will be back for the Brands Hatch finale in mid-October.

We’ll be there too to cheer him on.

Korie would like to thank his sponsors:
Century racing, IMR racing, CJ photography, Ernie Coates motorcycles, Strada 7, Belfast Land Rover Centre, IMC, Kirsten, Kia, Enlightened Promotions, Adam Wilson, ML design, Alan Carter, Graham family, Alex Knowles, Daryl Heverin, Triumph Aberdeen - Shirlaws Motorcycle and Peter Van Dijk.

Korie McGreevy Racing #57



Words - Andy Quinn

Images courtesy of PR- Enlightened Promotions


Thursday, September 13

Swann shines in Silverstone win - British Superbike Hel Performance Moto3





Scott Swann takes his first win in British Superbike Hell Performance Moto3 STD race. Following on from his recent 2nd and 3rd place podiums at Caldwell Park and a 4th place in the British Talent Cup MotoGP race at Silverstone, the 15 year old Carrickfergus Academy Schoolboy continued his good run of form into round 6 of the British Motostar Championship. Swann started the weekend off in fine form posting 2nd fastest time in the dry FP2 session behind Spaniard Victor Rodriguez, then followed this up with his first pole position this time in a wet qualifying.



Scott's win came in race 2 where a group of 7 plus riders battled for the lead from the start. Swann was never far from the front, staying in the mix and leading on a few occasions over the line, but it all came down to the last lap. Powering onto the back straight Swann was in second place behind Rodriguez, as they approached the last section of the track two of the following riders passed Swann in his slipstream, but not to be outdone as he came off the brakes he passed both on the outside, then entering the second last right corner he dived on the inside to hold off Rodriguez to the flag and win by 0.003 of a second. So close was the finish that both riders were unsure of their position until they completed the cool down lap and entered the winner’s enclosure.



Swann commented on his brave move saying, “We have been getting closer all season and I was determined not to miss a chance of winning, I was losing some speed on the straights with my size on the bike but I always felt good in the last sector, so I had to make the most of it, it was tight”. “Apart from making a mistake with suspension set up in race 1, this was a perfect weekend for us with a pole and race win, I can’t wait for the next race". Swann has been scoring good points all season moving closer to the top step and put his recent front running form down to a few changes, “I have been trying different types of bike training at home and also thinking about how we approach a race, that and the confidence of a few podiums all helps”.

As the series heads to Oulton Park this weekend, Swann is lying 4th in the championship just 7 points off 3rd place and with his recent run of form it is possible we may see the Carrickfergus youngster back on the podium at one of his favourite tracks.

Scott Swann Racing Team would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support;     


                                       
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Wednesday, September 12

McGlinchey double in Sliverstone Bennetts BSB - Keyes consolidates P5 in Stock 600 Championship



As the Bennetts British Superbike championship made its annual trip to the iconic Silverstone circuit, it proved to be a very successful weekend for Team #109, with Dickies Junior Supersport series leader Eunan McGlinchey completing the double in the class, taking victory in both races to extend his lead in the standings. Despite a difficult opening two days, and having to start from the second last row of the grid, Kevin Keyes scored an excellent top ten finish in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 race, progressing seventeen places through the field to take an eighth place finish, maintaining his fifth place finish in the standings, with just twenty-five points separating second to fifth in the table.

McGlinchey got his weekend off to a great start, finishing the opening free practice session in third position, before making a few set up changes for qualifying which saw him claim pole position for the opening race of the weekend, finishing over three tenths ahead of the KTM of Brian Hart and Kade Verwey.



The opening race of the weekend saw a three way breakaway group at the front, with McGlinchey, Hart and Elliot Pinson all battling for the win throughout the twelve lap race. The three were locked together right until the final lap, and as they rounded the final corner McGlinchey was trailing in second, chasing down the leader Hart. As the pair crossed the finish line, it was McGlinchey who took an incredible victory onboard the Kawasaki Ninja 400 by just one hundredth of a second.

It was a similar story in race two on Sunday evening with McGlinchey, Hart and Pinson breaking away from the trailing pack once again, with the three battling it out for each podium position once again. However, as they entered into the final number of laps, McGlinchey had cemented himself at the front of the group, and despite the best efforts of Hart and Pinson, neither were able to stop McGlinchey from taking his second victory of the weekend, which saw the Aghadowey rider extend his lead in the championship standings as we approach the penultimate round of the campaign at Oulton Park this weekend.

Speaking about his debut race weekend at the Silverstone circuit, McGlinchey said; “It has been an absolutely brilliant weekend at Silverstone, I loved every minute of it, and leaving with the results we managed, I can’t wait for Oulton park now. I have to say a big thanks to everyone at Team #109 for giving me a faultless bike all weekend, and to all my personal sponsors that help me get where am.”



After a difficult weekend at Cadwell Park, Kevin Keyes was keen to put the back luck behind him and get back to the sharp end of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class. However, after finishing in a solid sixth position in the opening free practice session, a hose clip on the radiator broke forcing him out of the second free practice session, and a small electrical problem in qualifying cost Keyes and the team valuable track time in qualifying. As a result Kevin was forced to start from twenty-sixth on the grid.

Despite his issues Keyes put in a fantastic effort in the race. After being pushed wide in the opening corner, the Edenderry rider set about making up ground, and by the time the checkered flag was waved, he had progressed an incredible seventeen positions through the field during the twenty-two lap race to finish in a great eighth position, and score some solid points in his chase for a top three finish in the series.



Following his excellent showing, Keyes maintained his fifth place in the championship standings, with just twenty-five points between second and sixth. With Ryan Vickers wrapping up the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship following this weekends event, it is still all to play for in terms of the top three, and with just a race wins worth of points between the next five riders in the class, Keyes’ hopes of a top three position are still well within reach.

Commenting on his weekend at the famous Northamptonshire track Keyes said; “Well it was certainly a fun race, starting from twenty-sixth on the grid and finishing in eighth. After such a tough beginning to the weekend, only getting three laps of qualifying and being last on the grid, I’ll that that result all day long. I have to say a huge thanks to all of Team #109, my Dad, Colin Draper and Paul Tobin for all the efforts to get everything sorted for today.”



Eoghan ‘James’ McManus, Team #109’s Junior Rider for the last three rounds of the season, son of former Grand Prix rider Eugene McManus, and younger brother of Motostar Moto3 front runner Eugene McManus Jr also had a fantastic display at Silverstone. Eoghan approached our team ambassador and rider mentor Glenn Irwin for advice at first at a local track-day, and seeing how quick he was progressing at the on a 250 Kawasaki, he instantly offered James a ride on our second Kawasaki Ninja 400. Team manager Paul Tobin said “Eoghan is only fourteen years old and has only ridden a motorcycle a hand full of times, and to come to Junior Supersport in BSB and finish in the top ten on his first time at Silverstone is nothing short of incredible.”



Team #109 ambassador and rider mentor Glenn Irwin also commented saying; “Eoghan’s progression is incredible, moving straight into the British championship paddock from doing track days at home, and being so quick so soon is absolutely fantastic. It is exciting to see how he continues to progress and where he goes from here.”

With the next round of the series being held at Oulton Park this weekend, it won’t be long before Team #109 is back on track, and we will once again have a full stable of bikes on the grid, with both McGlinchey and Keyes in action once again. With both the Dickies Junior Supersport and Pirelli National Superstock 600 classes not making the trip to Assen at the end of the month, this is the teams penultimate event, before the series finale at Brands Hatch in October.

Team #109 Kawasaki would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support; TTS Surfacing, MMD Construction, EMS Copiers, Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club, LiftRite Ltd, Spears Racing, Fuchs - Silkolene, R&G Racing, Kawasaki UK, Ohlins Racing, HEL Performance, Glenn Irwin GI2, J-Tec Sports, SBS Brakes, JOG Tuning, Shoei Helmets UK, Feridax, James McCann Photography, Gorman Crash Repairs, Jim McCann & Sons Family Butchers, Unlimited Industries, MSS Performance, and Ross Motorcycles Cork.

Photographs courtesy of James McCann (www.jmccannphoto.com)



Sunday, September 9

McGee retains three Irish Championships at Mrs Browns Boys East Coast Racing Festival


The day ended with all Championship positions resolved as Derek Sheils romped home in the Grand Final from Michael Sweeney in 2nd and Paul Jordan a terrific 3rd.  The races were broken up by a presentation to retiring Traveling Marshal Ray Taylor and a parade lap of ex-Martin Finnegan bikes.






The day began with a Supersport race that would decide the championship. After a tussle with Sweeney and Sheils, Derek McGee won bringing the 2018 Irish Supersport title with it.


The Open Race was a 2 way battle between Derek Sheils and Micko Sweeney that Sheils narrowly won in the end to grab hi s first Superbike win of the day. Paul Jordan was 3rd.



Senior Support was up next and over the 7 laps Liam Chawke led table leader Wayne Sheehan. Chawke went on to win but, it wasn’t enough to deny Sheehan the Championship. Chawke did however finish 2nd in the competition ahead of Michael Browne.



In the Lightweight Supersport race, Darryl Tweed was beaten to the line by Davy Morgan but, it was still enough to secure the Irish Lightweight Supersport honours for 2018.



The 125\Moto3 championship went down to the wire with Paul Robinson hoping to retire on a high. Although dicing with Gary Dunlop, he eventually got by the Ballymoney man to take the lead. Melissa Kennedy was challenging Championship leader Derek McGee and overtook him on the last lap. This decided the championship as Robinson emerged the 2018 Moto3 champion.



In Junior Support it was between Barry Sheehan and Liam Chawke to figure out how would claim the top spot. Chawke led for the vast majority of the race but, an uncharacteristic mistake at schoolhouse corner meant the challenge was over. Irish Junior Support Champion 2018 is Barry Sheehan.



For the second Supersport race, Micko Sweeney pulled the pin and built up a tremendous lead. Paul Jordan was 2nd and local man Andy Farrell 3rd.



Next up was the Supertwin race and not content with one win, Sweeney bolted again and did the double. Davy Todd on the Burrows Engineering Er-6 Kawasaki was 2nd. This was also enough to earn Micko Sweeney the Man of the Meeting.



The Grand Final’s front row consisted of Pole sitter Derek Sheils, Micko Sweeney and Thomas Maxwell. Sheils got off the line best and made it stick. Sweeney did his best to stay with him but, Sheils was in a different league. Sweeney would make it home in 2nd and Maxwell also took to the podium in 3rd.



Overall, the second running of the East Coast Racing Festival was a tremendous success and well supported by an appreciative crowd of spectators. The racing was relatively incident free and medical intervention was less than minimal.